Tuesday, January 20, 2009

In with the new, Out with the old (Monday; January 19, 2009) Lili Ladaga

BS Ranch Perspective:
The sick thing about this is that George W. Bush did one of the greatest things in his presidency and that was to prevent a second attack on United States Soil! An attack mind you that would rate pole percentage scores that he is getting at this time! Barack Obama has not done anything in the time that he was elected as Senator, with the exception of running a successful Election for Presidency, a campaign that usually was done in half the time that he did it in in the previous elections, In other words. Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, and then two years in he decided to start a Campaign for President, a campaign that lasted for two years!! Two Years of touring the USA, forcing other democrats, to enter the race just to compete and raise cash to also run against him.
Obama has a Gift to gab, and that mainly was the reason that he was elected and the reason that he was taken by so many people, but I cannot see that he would have such a high APPROVAL RATING, when he isn't even the President YET!
George W. built a successful security team and many fault him for the Iraq war, but that was a successful war, a war that is at its end, a war that Obama will try to take the credit for, but the truth remains that the order was given by the Iraq Government, that the downsizing will start but at the end of the presidency of George W. Bush and not Barack Obama!! Obama will do good things, but the close of the Iraq war is not one of them!
To Just close the Military Bases in Iraq and fly the men and woman out of there, it will have to happen in steps, and if done in such a fashion that it is to quick, the men and woman that are left to tear down the Military Bases while the other's have gone home, will be sitting ducks to the People that were freshly released from Guantanamo Bay Cuba, whom want to get back into the war as quick as possible and Barrack Obama says that he wants to close it down and release the prisoners back to their countries, so that they can get back to their lives!! Their lives which was to find ways to attack the American People on their Land or the Land of the countries that are allies with the American People!!
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In with the new, out with the old

It doesn't really matter which poll you consult — Zogby, Pew, Gallup — they all show the same thing: Incoming president Barack Obama is hitting new highs in public support, while outgoing President George W. Bush is hitting new lows.

To be fair, it's like comparing apples and oranges: Bush's record includes 9/11, Katrina, two wars, a controversial re-election, and an economic meltdown of historic proportions. Meanwhile, Obama's record includes a low-key decade as a state senator and U.S. senator.

But there's no denying the numbers are impressive. Even Obama's incoming numbers are handing Bush's a thrashing — a pre-inaugural poll by Pew Research Center finds that 79 percent of Americans have a "favorable impression" of the incoming leader. In 2001, George W. Bush had to make do with 60 percent. Pew reports that Obama even has more optimists on his side:

As is typically the case at this stage, most Americans think it is too early to tell whether Obama will be a successful or unsuccessful president. Yet optimists far outnumber pessimists (30% successful vs. 4% unsuccessful). At a comparable point in 2001, 26% said they expected Bush to be successful, compared with 15% who said he would be unsuccessful.

Perhaps more important, these optimists are also willing to be patient. According to the latest New York Times/CBS News

Most Americans said they did not expect real progress in improving the economy, reforming the health care system or ending the war in Iraq — three of the central promises of Mr. Obama's campaign — for at least two years.

In his victory speech at Chicago's Grant Park, Obama set the stage, warning that there was a hard slog ahead:

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there."

Not everyone is willing to be so patient, however. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh lambasted Obama's supporters:

"They didn't give Bush a chance in 2000. Before he was inaugurated, the search-and-destroy mission had begun. I'm not talking about search-and-destroy, but I've been listening to Barack Obama for a year and a half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don't want them to succeed."

Bush isn't facing downhill numbers alone. Trust in his party is waning as well. A Washington Post-ABC News poll reports that "just 23 percent said they trust Republicans more than Democrats to handle the main problems facing the nation."

But Bush is confident he will be remembered well, despite leaving office with the highest disapproval rating since Nixon. In his farewell speech to the nation, he defended his presidency:

"You may not agree with some of the tough decisions I have made, but I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions."

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice agreed, saying, "I think generations pretty soon are going to start to thank this president for what he's done. This generation will."

But the nation is still facing two wars and recession with no end in sight; whether anyone will be thanking Bush or Obama for anything remains to be seen.


- Lili Ladaga

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